Women Triathletes and their amazing bods

Let’s take a few minutes and talk about bodies. There are few relationships as complex as the ones we have with the collection of tendons, muscles and organs we call our body. We talk about it as if it were separate from us and to a large extent it is. We are certainly much more than our physical being but an enormous amount of our identity is wrapped up in this amazing creation. Or perhaps a better way to say it is that an enormous amount of our identity is wrapped up in what this amazing creation allows us to do.

To a large extent, who we are is in part defined by what we do. And what we can do is determined by our mind and our body.

Over the past couple of years, it seems that America has been trying to redefine its relationship with our physical manifestation. We hope and think we’re moving past the time where magazines glorified the half-starved, heavily photo shopped visages that graced their covers. While there is still a ways to go in this endeavor, it appears that some people are starting to get real. The reality is that even the most fit among us have a wrinkles, splotches and their share of bad hair days. But as Robin Williams said in Good Will Hunting…”ahh…that’s the good stuff. That’s what makes us human.”

At Coeur, we agree completely. At our heart, we humans have imperfections and the quicker we realize that no one is perfect, the better.

But, dear friends, we do not believe we should throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. We don’t want to go “ditch to ditch” and insinuate that strength and beauty are not attractive. Quite the contrary. As participants in and observers of the endurance sports world, we are frequently in awe of some of the natural and hard earned physiques we come across. To us, an elite athlete peaking for her A-race is a site to behold.

The analogy that comes to mind is that a “peaked” triathlete, runner, cyclist or swimmer is similar to a Gulfstream Jet.

If you’ve ever seen a Gulfstream sitting on the ramp, we think you’ll start to see what we mean. Just like a jet, an elite athlete’s body projects power, speed and grace. Even when they are sitting still.

A Gulfstream Jet

Over the course of the past year, we’ve seen hundreds of pictures of Coeur athletes in motion and we constantly find ourselves in awe of the amazing bodies that have carried them to victories across the world. Now, to be clear, the idea to show off these physiques was ours and not theirs. In fact, to a person, they were hesitant. But given how hard these ladies have worked all year, we couldn’t help but do a big of bragging on their behalf.

That’s why we decided to devote a bit of space to our version of the “Body Issue” and share a few pictures of our athletes and their amazing bodies.


Beth Shutt Running

Beth Shutt's amazing quads powered her to Kona this year  

Katie Zaferes jumping

A GV isn't the only thing that can fly, Katie Hursey can too

Kim Running

 Kim is the definition of fit and she ran herself to Kona too

So that's our short version of the "Body Blog".  We know how hard all of you work to get the results you do and your amazing bods are a byproduct of that hard work.  If you've got a picture of yourself or a friend that you'd like to share, please post it on our Facebook page.

Reginald Holden